Connecticut Mechanics Lien Guide and FAQs

Last updated August 10, 2020
If contractors and suppliers don’t get paid on a construction project in Connecticut, they can file a mechanics lien to secure payment. A mechanics lien is a legal tool that provides the unpaid party with a security interest in the property. These are the rules, requirements, and deadlines you need to follow to file an Connecticut mechanics lien.

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Connecticut mechanics lien deadlines for:

Notice Requirements for GCs
15 days

While not a required step, it is recommended that general contractors in Connecticut file an affidavit with the county clerk within 15 days of commencing work. This will require sub-tier parties to provide a Notice of Intent to you as well as the property owner.

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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
90 days

In Connecticut, all mechanics liens must be filed within 90 days of the date of last furnishing labor or materials.

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Lien Enforcement Deadline
1 year

An action to enforce a Connecticut mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year after recording lien.

Notice Requirements for Subcontractors
90 days

Subcontractors in Connecticut are not required to provide preliminary notice at the beginning of a project. However, they must provide a Notice of Intent to the property owner and prime contractor within 90 days after ceasing work.

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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
90 days

In Connecticut, all mechanics liens must be filed within 90 days of the date of last furnishing labor or materials.

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Lien Enforcement Deadline
1 year

An action to enforce a Connecticut mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year after recording lien.

Preliminary Notice Deadlines
90 days

Material suppliers are not required to provide preliminary notice in Connecticut. However, they must file a Notice of Intent to owner and prime contractor within 90 days after ceasing work.

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Mechanics Lien Filing Deadline
90 days

In Connecticut, all mechanics liens must be filed within 90 days of the date of last furnishing labor or materials.

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Lien Enforcement Deadline
1 year

An action to enforce a Connecticut mechanics lien must be commenced within 1 year after recording lien.